The protagonist of the story is Tessie Hutchinson and the protagonist is the rest of the town or the lottery itself. This story took place at 10am-12pm, June 27th in a small village; between the bank and the post office.
Tessie arrives late and she is in a good mood. They take attendance of who is there by last name. The head of the house holds up a slip of paper and all at once everyone opens their slips. They hold up the slips in the air to see who has the dot.